Friday, October 30, 2009

He's OURS!!!!!!!!!!!!

After God moved mountains the judge read a favorable ruling today!

I can not wait to share the whole story but I am so ready for bed. Pics will have to do! Praise God - He is worthy - so very worthy!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Thankful Tuesday! :)

I am so thankful that God provides! This process has been far more emotional than I ever anticipated and I am thankful that God has given us good friends to laugh and cry with.

I am thankful that my kids are doing well with my sis!

(in Africa it is Thankful Tuesday - not Thursday - haha - jk)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

A Day in Pics!

We had a major thunder storm and had to entertain 50 kids in a very small place.

This was before the thunder storm.

Justin found a baby gecko - they were enthraled!

These are our friends seeing their kids for the first time - priceless!

Saturday, October 24, 2009


We are here! I met Isaiah - honestly it was mixed emotions. Relief and joy to have him in my arms - shock and being overwhelmed at the life he has had. Please don't get me wrong, S*nyu is know for being a great orphanage and caring for their children but still, it is an orphanage in a third world country. I sensed God confirming in my heart through out that day over and over that this exactly where he wanted me - though my heart was broken and I was on the verge of tears the whole time. The second day was a little better and I am getting into a grove of when to help and when to focus on Isaiah. I have never seen anything like it and the work is endless. Those Mama's are some of the hardest working people alive. Please pray for the babies at S*nyu. I know God heard the prayers of others for Isaiah to have a home and that is when he began to work on our hearts. Please pray for the others - many are in the adoption mode and I am so thankful! Everyone of them needs to be in a family.

Here is what I wrote yesterday:

We had our court hearing today! All went well and we are scheduled for a ruling on Thursday. It was relatively painless and Isaiah was an angel the whole time. His little heart was beating very fast and I think he was overwhelmed at all the new sights. We took him to a restaurant to eat where I had the best chicken burger I have ever had. Isaiah on the other hand was not into it and I look forward to the day that he feels good with a great appetite. We have an appointment with the Dr. tomorrow.
Thank you for all you prayers! I feel them and know that God is with us. I could not do it if I did not have God to cry out to all day long. Life is hard here in Africa. The culture, for me, has been a fine adjustment (I love the food and weather) but the orphan life has been devastating to me. I can not stop the tears. I can not get over it. I pray I never do and that my sorrow fuels a passion.

I better go - I thank you for praying - please keep it up - my heart is very tender. Missing my kids at home and all the emotions of adoption rolled into one. I do praise God - He gave us great new friend and we spend most of the evening doubled over laughing - God is so good! They left today and James and Cheremi show up at 4 AM tomorrow - God has supplied in so many ways! Praise Him for He is awesome to serve!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Calling all the Saints!

We are on our way!!!! Please pray for all the details! I will update as I can.

We are SO feeling the hand of God. Yesterday was hard - last minute everything. I had a friend show up and help get us on the way - thanks Teresa, we stopped at a mini mart and ran into a friend we rarely see and he asked if he could pray with us all and then we dropped the kids off with my sis and saw how loving and ready they all were for our brood! I am feeling so blessed - am I going to cry through this whole experience? LeAnn and Cheremi you would be proud - :)!

Please pray for the whole thing - what ever the Lord leads you to pray!

Whoohoo - we are off.................

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Thankful Thursday and lots of news!

I am Thankful for a court date!!!! We have our hearing "fixed" for the 23rd. Please pray for favor and that God be glorified in all that we do and say!

I am thankful for my sis and her family for loving on my babies while we are gone. It is funny because when God was stirring our hearts toward Uganda and adoption, I had read that it could take 3-5 weeks to go through the process. I remember standing up and telling God "well that is that - no way would I be willing to leave for that long" - and now here we are just a few days away and I keep marveling at how God has worked out all the details. I have so much peace and the kids are bubbling over with excitement - I am wondering now why J and I haven't ditched the kids more often -hehe - I am joking. I know that it is the Lord and when we give our life to Him, He in return, gives us the things of Him!

I am thankful for my kids. I had to talk to each of their teachers about their upcoming absence and each teacher went on and on about what good kids they are. I would like to take credit but honestly I feel like it is a privilege to be their parent. They are not perfect but they sure are great kids!

I am thankful for our Canadian friends. We have become very close with them and are thankful for their friendship! Praying for them to bring their little Ugandan babies home soon - VERY soon, like with US soon - praying, praying!

I am thankful for all my friends and family who have rallied around - I don't think a day has gone by when someone has not called to encourage or ask what they can do to help. Isaiah has a lot of people who are cheering him home! I am so thankful for each and everyone of them!

I am thankful that I can go to Africa knowing that no matter what, God will never leave me nor forsake me - it is a promise!

What are you thankful for?

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Thankful Thursday!

I was just going to skip on the Thankful Thursday today and say I did not have time or make some excuse. But within one hour I received an encouraging phone call, and two encouraging e-mails focused on being thankful no matter what!

Whether your feelings are mean or kind Your attitude to life is the key. Don't wait to be happy until things are just right. Don't let life's little annoyances get in the way...You can be as happy as you decide to be. - unknown

I had something amazing happen a few days ago. #3 read to ME for the first time! Having my kids read for the first time has been the most exciting milestone for me. I was able to teach #1 and #2 but was challenged by #3. He learns in a unique way that I was needing some one more experienced to teach me how to teach him. His teacher is amazing and had him reading in the second month of school! I am so thankful!

I am so thankful for my husband, he is so loving and kind.

I am so thankful for my sister who is going to watch our kids for us while we are gone. #1 told me she can not sleep because she is so excited to go stay with her cousins. I know they will have a great time and make special memories. There are not a lot of people I would even start to think to ask to take 4 kids but her house is always full and she loves it. Thank you Jenay! Thank you! My kids may not want to come home after all your homemade cookies. :)

OK I could go on and on but dinner is already late....................

What are you thankful for?